Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum

Curated by Louise Atkinson, Galleries 5 & 6, The Tetley, Leeds, 6th – 22nd March 2015

Produced from an Open Call for new and existing artworks relating to the histories of writing and text, artists and authors were invited to respond to the notion of writing as performance, the automation of the writing process, the history of manuscripts and print, digitalisation of texts, marginalia and eBooks.

According to lipsum.com, ‘Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. ‘the text employed coming ‘from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance.’

Its continuous use within print and digital typesetting holds interesting implications for the future of the page and how we can begin to think differently about online texts. Equally, the development of crowd sourced online platforms and social media echoes the previous commons style information sharing prevalent in the history of manuscripts.

Participating Artists:
Emma Bolland, Stephen Emmerson, Aylwin Greenwood-Lambert, David Jacques, Simon Lewandowski, Sophie Loss, John McDowall, Claire Potter, Anne Rook, Aymee Smith, Carol Watts and Paul Wilson

For more information about the featured work please visit: http://abcarchive.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/lorem-ipsum.html








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